Three Monkeys Online

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TMO: Andrew Lawless

Andrew Lawless is the founding editor of Three Monkeys Online. Originally from Dublin, but now based in Bologna, Italy, Andrew is a regular contributor to the magazine with a particular interest in literature, politics and music. He also runs Bodu Web Design, a web development company.

TMO Articles by Andrew Lawless

  • The New Turkey -Reflections from Istanbul.

    "Well, it is worth pointing out that joining the EU is a long term process," comments Chris Morris, author of The New Turkey – The quiet revolution on the edge of Europe. Much of Morris’ tenure as BBC correspondent in Turkey [1997-2001] was spent, necessarily, examining the complexities and contradictions that surround Turkey’s proposed membership […]

  • Football and Fascism – The creation of Italy’s Serie A

    On the 2nd of August this year (2005), football fans from the Sicilian city of Messina blockaded the strategic ferry route between the city and the Italian peninsula, protesting against their club’s relegation to Serie B. Another small episode in a long history of impassioned football support, and political intrigue (the Sicilian club were re-admitted […]

  • Neil Gaiman – Using Genre to Effect

    Is the Novel dead? Can it survive in an age where other forms of entertainment and information readily seem to fill its shoes? When DVD players are small and portable enough to challenge the convenience of a paperback, is the novel doomed? “I’ve never been very good at either privileging art forms or declaring any […]

  • The most irresponsible occupation. Liz Jensen, author of The Ninth life of Louis Drax talks about writing.

    Liz Jensen’s latest book, The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, finally seems to be getting the English author some of the credit and profile she deserves. The cynics may suggest that the book’s prominent placing in bookshops has as much to do with the fact that it has been snapped up, cinematically, by Anthony Minghella, […]

  • Cinegael Paradiso, The story of a second generation Irish film director. Robert Quinn in interview

    Irish film maker Robert Quinn grew up in the Cinema. That's not a clichéd way of saying that he liked movies, and spent all his pocket money going to the local cinema. No, Robert Quinn actually did grow up in the Cinema. His father, film maker Bob Quinn, in the 1970s set up the independent […]

  • Counting the dead. The Iraq Body Count.

    “The real issue is not whether the Lancet figures were right, or whether we were right. The real issue is why are the British and American governments not doing this themselves?”, questions John Sloboda, one of the founders of the Iraq Body Count (IBC). “Why are they leaving it to small underfunded studies, volunteers and […]

  • The difference between a cow and a sheep – the British Sea Power interview experience

    The horror, the horror. We fall out into Arezzo’s football stadium, yet to cool from the day’s intense heat. Shell-shocked and lost for words. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the British Sea Power interview experience. It starts with the introductions, which are perhaps the most comprehensible element of the encounter. Yan, the singer, dressed with […]

  • Cosa Nostra - the mafia

    Cosa Nostra – rebranding the Mafia.

    “The mafia, in the strict sense of Cosa Nostra, the hierarchical criminal organization based in Sicily, does not ‘run Italy’ as you sometimes hear people rather glibly say,” explains John Dickie, senior lecturer in Italian at the University of London, and author of Cosa Nostra – a history of the Sicilian Mafia. It’s in response […]

  • Sweating Songs – Glen Hansard of the Frames

    Firing questions at anyone for a half an hour about their motivations and identity is bound to produce contradictions, but an interview with Glen Hansard, chief songwriter from Irish band the Frames, throws up more than its fair share. It’s not that he’s confused, or indeed confusing. Rather, the context that he and The Frames […]

  • On the brink of believability. Rupert Thomson’s Divided Kingdom

    Re-approaching Rupert Thomson’s The Book of Revelations makes for an even more disturbing read now, than in 2000 when it was released. The story of a male dancer who is kidnapped by three women, who use and abuse him sexually, was brilliant and uncomfortable back then, but with the iconography of Abu Ghraib in mind […]

  • The Ratzinger Report – An introduction to Pope Benedict XVI

    In the days between the death of Pope John Paul II and the start of the conclave to elect the new Pope, the world's media (and bookmakers) speculated intensely on the papabile. Cardinals from Brazil, Argentina, Nigeria and Italy were all listed as credible candidates. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was neither completely discounted, nor rated highly […]

  • The Fight to Choose- Italy’s referendum on medically assisted conception.

    Italy on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th of June will go to the polls in a referendum to vote on four motions modifying last year’s law 40/2004 on medically assisted procreation. Or rather, some Italians will go to vote, while others will heed the advice offered by many of their elected representatives – to abstain […]

  • A beginner’s guide to globalisation. Paul Kingsnorth in interview.

    Trevor Manuel, the South African Minister for finance, famously commented on the rise of global protest movements, &ldquoI know what they're against but I have no sense of what they're for”. It's an accusation levelled frequently, primarily by representatives of the established order, ranging from members of the IMF, WTO and World Bank, through to […]

  • The drama of it all – I am Kloot in interview

    The word that keeps coming up, in conversation with Johnny Bramwell, lead singer and songwriter with Mancunians I am Kloot, is drama. Whether it be references to Harold Pinter, or the description of their latest album as “like Richard III as a character”, it’s clear that he, and indeed the band, have specific goals in […]

  • We need to talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver in interview

    “If you don’t allow yourself to write characters who do disagreeable things–if you only allow yourself to write about what you would be glad for your readers to imitate in real life–then you’re pretty much constrained to characters who help little old ladies across the street and rescue cats from trees,” points out Lionel Shriver, […]